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Tuesday, 9 October 1956

Mr HAROLD HOLT (HIGGINS, VICTORIA) - f am not sure whether the honorable member is referring to the resolution of the Queensland branch or the federal council of the Waterside

Workers Federation. The latter came to my notice, and it indicated a likelihood that the Queensland branch might be instructed not to load wool that had been declared " black ". I have previously indicated to the House, in general terms, the assurance that had been given by the acting Prime Minister on behalf of the Commonwealth Government in relation to the loading of wool once it was available on the wharfs. 1 would add that, having read the statements on principle by the Premier of Queensland - statements of principle which, I am sure, will commend themselves to all who believe in the upholding of industrial law and order in Australia, and in the welfare of our economic conditions - I believe that the Premier of Queensland is entitled to the best support that all of us can give him in the difficult situation in which he finds himself. We have, of course, given thought to the situation that will develop if there is a refusal on the part of the branch of the Waterside Workers Federation in Brisbane to load wool when it reaches the wharfs. Without assuming that that will necessarily occur, we have taken action to put ourselves in readiness to meet that eventuality if it arises.

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